Showing posts with label Black History Month. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black History Month. Show all posts

27 March 2014

African-American research doesn't only happen in February -- some new resources to check out!



Though Black History Month is officially over, we are always seeking out “new” research to help us learn about and identify African American ancestors.

As February wound down, I received news about 3 neat new NC databases you might want to check out.

2. Two Great New Resources on African American History (N.C. Department of Cultural Resources)

And, so you don’t think that I only focus on NC records, here is the news from TN, Tennessee State Library and Archives Celebrates Black History Month (new & improved versions of 3 important black history collections) and an Afro American Newspaper project, Project Gado Announces New Collection of Historical Images in Celebration of Black History Month.

If you are aware of other new resources for African-American research, please share.




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18 February 2014

Quilts served as "road map" to freedom for slaves -- Fact or Fiction?


Though one can get plenty of news available online, I still get a “print” newspaper which I can read while I eat my breakfast and have a cup of coffee.  I find I just “see” more of the newspapers content and it’s always fun when an article catches my eye.

This Sunday, the article “Artist: Quilts Guided Slaves” grabbed my attention.  What a fascinating read.  And, it’s something that could make sense ...

Because many slaves couldn’t read, their supporters came up with a “road map” of patterns they could rely on while traveling the Underground Railroad ...

This idea is similarly discussed in Did Quilts Hold Codes to the Underground Railroad? (National Geographic News)


You can learn a lot about the timeline of this topic in Betsy Ross redux: the Underground Railroad "Quilt Code".

Ignoring the controversy, an interesting element is that it reminded me of the "Underground Railroad" and the challenges faced by those enslaved and seeking freedom and those who helped them.  As we celebrate Black History Month, isn't being reminded of such history what this month is all about?

What do you think?  Is the idea of a quilt code plausible? Have you ever heard rumors of such?






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11 February 2014

FREE access to Fold3 and its Black History Collection


As we celebrate “Black History Month” (aka African American History Month) it’s not unusual for some of the pay subscription genealogy databases to make select databases accessible for free.

Fold3 is providing free access to its Black History Collection.

A resource which is available for free year round is African American History Month (NARA, LOC, etc).

As you celebrate “Black History Month,” check out these recent Upfront with NGS posts which have relevance:
·    African American Oral History, guest post by Sharon Leslie Morgan (links at bottom take you to 3 additional posts by this author)


Do you know of other pay subscription genealogy databases that are providing free access to help us celebrate “Black History Month?”

Are there any new African American focused collections coming online?




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28 January 2013

Free Access in Celebration of Black History Month

Source: http://www.hcpl.net/sites/default/files/BHM%20B&W%202pt.jpg

February is a month-long celebration of Black History.

As NGS becomes aware of free access to record groups of interest to those researching African-American history, neat resources to aid in such research or anything that crosses our desk and seems to have relevance, we’ll post that information here.  

We heard the following from Fold3 ...


Fold3 is proud to announce Free access to our Black History Collection in honor of Black History Month. This collection includes many enlightening historical records documenting African American achievements since the earliest days of our nation, and will be available the entire month of February.

As soon as black soldiers were recruited to serve the Union in 1863, records were generated to document their service including Compiled Service Records for the U.S. Colored Troops and, ultimately, pension files...

Southern Claims Commission files are petitions by southerners who lost property to Union troops during the Civil War, including many blacks ...



Do you know of a free (whether temporarily so or not) or an interesting resource that those researching African-American ancestors should know about?

Have you had a recent success in breaking down an African-American ancestor’s brick wall?



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